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ENJOY BREAKFAST WITH THE LIONS AT PEORIA ZOO

April 19, 2015 - 09:00AM to 10:00AM
Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park
2218 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-681-3559
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Come join Arthur and Lizzie, the Peoria Zoo’s resident lions, for a light breakfast on Saturday, April 18 or Sunday, April 19 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.! We will learn all about lions, from their habits to their habitats. After breakfast, we will head down to the lion exhibit in Africa! and watch Arthur and Lizzie enjoy their breakfasts, too!
Lion Fun Facts
• A lion’s roar can be heard from as far as :
five miles away!
• Though the lion is sometimes referred to
as the ”King of the Jungle,” it actually lives
in grasslands and plains.
• Male lions have manes. The darker the
mane, the older the lion.
• Lions live in social groups called prides.
An average pride is made up of about 15
individuals.
• Lions sleep up to 21 hours per day!
Registration is required for Breakfast with the Lions. Cost is $7.50 for Zoo Members and $15 for Non-Members.
For more information or to register, call the Peoria Zoo Education Department at 309-681-3559 or visit www.peoriazoo.org.

Biggest Loser

April 19, 2015 - 12:00PM
309-282-1543
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The Peoria Park District’s RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center and OSF Wellness services are proud to sponsor the fifth Biggest Loser at the RiverPlex! Let us help you reclaim your health!
The program begins January 10, 2015 with an orientation and kick-off event where all participants’ starting weights will be recorded. Competition and training begins the week of January 19 and will end on May 2.
Participants will compete to lose weight and body fat. Each individual will be put on a team of six to eight people, and each team will have two personal trainers to train them twice a week for 14 weeks. Teams will participate in Nutrition Sessions with a licensed OSF Registered Dietitian, and participants will have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the competition.
What’s included:
• Group Personal Training sessions, twice a week for 14 weeks
• Nutrition Sessions with OSF Registered Dietitians, once a week for 10 weeks
• Five Wellness Coaching sessions
• Weekly weigh-ins
• Two Bod Pod tests to test body fat percentages
• Circumference measurements
• One T-Shirt for each participant
• Prize opportunities throughout the competition, including a One-Year RiverPlex Membership, gift cards to Running Central, OSF nutrition sessions, a massage from ReNew, and more!
This program is for adults age 18 and older who have a substantial amount of weight to lose (15 pounds or more).
Cost for RiverPlex members is $545 before December 22 and $645 after December 22. Cost for non-members is $595 before December 22 and $695 after December 22. Payment plans are available.
The RiverPlex will host three informational meetings to provide details and answer questions about the program on the following dates: Thursday, November 6 at 12 p.m.; Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m.
For details about the informational meetings or the Biggest Loser program, please contact Amber Parkinson at 309-282-1543 or aparkinson@peoriaparks.org

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

April 19, 2015 - Saturdays from 12-5pm, Sundays from 12-4pm
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC
526 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-839-0591
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J.K Williams is a family distillery producing high-quality craft whiskey and bourbon in the tradition of our bootlegging great-great grandpa, J.K. Williams.  Stop by for an educational tour and samples of our products Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.

Taste of Italy Dinner

April 19, 2015 - Events time: 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
7403 N. Radnor Road
Peoria, il 61615
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The Italian-American Society of Peoria will host a Taste of Italy Dinner, with cuisine from Northern Italy.
Choice of Spaghetti and; Meatballs, or Spaghetti and Bolognese Meat
Sauce, including salad, bread and a soft drink.
Fried Zucchini and Fried Polenta for $3.00 each.
Wine, coffee and Italian baked goods available.
Funds generated support the Society’s annual scholarship program and donations to local charities.

Ben's Bubble Show

April 19, 2015 - 01:00PM to 12:00PM
Dickson Mounds State Museum
10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd.
Lewistown, IL 61542
309-547-3721
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Join us for this unique form of family entertainment.  See Ben use his bare hands to create beautiful, humorous, and mind boggling soap bubble sculptures.  Enjoy viewing bubbles within bubbles, smoke bubbles, spinning belt bubbles, and geometric shaped bubbles.  Participants will also learn about the science behind these creations.  Admission is free.  Seating is limited.  Free tickets will be available at noon the day of the show and may be picked up in the Museum's lobby on a first come, first served basis.

 

90th Annual Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament- Week 3

April 19, 2015 - Saturdays - Singles & Doubles - 10:00 am or 2:00 pm CDT; Sundays - Team - 10:00 am or 1:30 pm CDT
3225 N. Dries Lane
Peoria, Il 61604
(309) 685-7000
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The Knights of Columbus International Bowling Association will be sponsoring the 90th Annual Central Division Bowling Tournament in Peoria, IL.

The tournament will run March 28 through April 19, 2015. No bowling Easter weekend April 4 & 5th.  All bowling times are CDT.

2015 Celebration - Clean Water

April 19, 2015 - 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
201 Southwest Jefferson Avenue
Peoria, I 61602
309.246.8403
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The Sun Foundation invites students, teachers, community leaders, and the general public to attend the Peoria Clean Water Celebration, April 19th and 20th, 2015. This two day, three event program takes place in three different locations (Peoria Riverfront, GAR Hall, and Peoria Civic Center). Clean Water Celebration encourages us to learn to improve water quality, to think critically and creatively about adequate and safe water supplies, and to promote the wise use of natural resources.

The Clean Water Celebration is a conference for middle/high school students, general public and focuses on water. Keynote sessions are presented to large audiences or these students to create a base of knowledge that will help them be better waste stewards. Smaller breakout sessions focus on specific water quality issues that teachers can choose for their classes to study.

Clean Water Celebration Environmental Classroom will be held

- See more at: http://sunfoundation.org/wordpress/?page_id=371#sthash.EIJzc0yy.dpuf

Civil War Spring Drill

April 19, 2015 - 4/18, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, 4/19, 10 am-2 pm
6329 North Koerner Road
Edwards,
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Saturday, 4/18, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, 4/19, 10 am-2 pm, $3/person

Spring has arrived, and soldiers are preparing for a long march. Come experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action (and perhaps be a part of daily drill). Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time. Bring a camera and have your picture taken with the soldiers.

Clean the Hill!

April 19, 2015 - 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Forest Park Nature Center
5809 Forest Park Dr.
Peoria, IL 61614
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Join us in cleaning up one of the most neglected areas at Forest Park Nature Center, Forest Park Drive. To make the cleanup as safe as possible, the Village of Peoria Heights will be closing the hill from traffic. Work gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring a water bottle. We will be leaving FPNC at 9 am.

Chiefs vs Wisconsin

April 19, 2015 - Game starts at 5:00 pm
Peoria Chiefs
730 SW Jefferson
Peoria, IL 61605
(309) 680-4000
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Kids Eat Free Sunday

Kids 12 and under receive $5 admission, a free hot dog, chips, and drink.

Presented by: PNC

Homer's Deputy Chiefs Sunday

It's a kids club Sunday here at Dozer Park so members make sure your wear your Homer's Deputy Chiefs shirt! Members get a ticket to every Sunday home game, free inflatables 1 hour prior to the game on kids club days, 15% discount in the team store, and more!

Presented by: KidsActOnEnergy.com

Team Autograph Session

Come get your favorite Chiefs player's autograph before the game every Sunday! The team will be out on the field signing autographs for 15 minutes.

Pregame Catch on the Field

Come toss a ball around on the field at Dozer Park every Sunday before the game.

PSO MATINEE AT THE MOVIES!

April 19, 2015 - Show starts at 3:00 pm
Peoria Civic Center
201 S.W. Jefferson St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-673-8900
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The PSO’s “Once upon a time…” presents music from great films that tell great stories. From fairy tales to fantasies to westerns, all generations will enjoy the PSO and hosts Dan Diorio and Greg Batton in this musical “event”. It’s a perfect way to introduce your family to the magic that is orchestral music as the listen to the music “behind the scenes” of their favorite familiar movies.

There will be fun activities, movie characters, and even a costume parade in addition to the great music performed. Come as your favorite character from the movies below or take your picture with Dorothy, the Tin Man, Indiana Jones, and others! You never know who will appear!

Music from the following movies will be presented: Beauty and the Beast, E.T., Frozen

Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Lincoln, Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of OZ

Brown Bag-It

April 20, 2015 - Entertainers perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday
309.681.0696
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Holding true to a solid long-standing tradition of community entertainment for all ages, the 2015 Peoria Area Community Events Brown Bag-It Series presents another season of fine musical performances. Held during the lunch hours in the heart of downtown Peoria, Brown Bag-It continues to offer a taste of quality local musicians with diversified talents and style.

From jazz combos to banjos, youth municipal bands to swing bands, PACE provides delightful melodies FREE for all ages. The season kicks off in June and runs through August. Entertainers perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza.

Biggest Loser

April 20, 2015 - 12:00PM
309-282-1543
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The Peoria Park District’s RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center and OSF Wellness services are proud to sponsor the fifth Biggest Loser at the RiverPlex! Let us help you reclaim your health!
The program begins January 10, 2015 with an orientation and kick-off event where all participants’ starting weights will be recorded. Competition and training begins the week of January 19 and will end on May 2.
Participants will compete to lose weight and body fat. Each individual will be put on a team of six to eight people, and each team will have two personal trainers to train them twice a week for 14 weeks. Teams will participate in Nutrition Sessions with a licensed OSF Registered Dietitian, and participants will have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the competition.
What’s included:
• Group Personal Training sessions, twice a week for 14 weeks
• Nutrition Sessions with OSF Registered Dietitians, once a week for 10 weeks
• Five Wellness Coaching sessions
• Weekly weigh-ins
• Two Bod Pod tests to test body fat percentages
• Circumference measurements
• One T-Shirt for each participant
• Prize opportunities throughout the competition, including a One-Year RiverPlex Membership, gift cards to Running Central, OSF nutrition sessions, a massage from ReNew, and more!
This program is for adults age 18 and older who have a substantial amount of weight to lose (15 pounds or more).
Cost for RiverPlex members is $545 before December 22 and $645 after December 22. Cost for non-members is $595 before December 22 and $695 after December 22. Payment plans are available.
The RiverPlex will host three informational meetings to provide details and answer questions about the program on the following dates: Thursday, November 6 at 12 p.m.; Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m.
For details about the informational meetings or the Biggest Loser program, please contact Amber Parkinson at 309-282-1543 or aparkinson@peoriaparks.org

2015 Celebration - Clean Water

April 20, 2015 - 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
201 Southwest Jefferson Avenue
Peoria, I 61602
309.246.8403
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The Sun Foundation invites students, teachers, community leaders, and the general public to attend the Peoria Clean Water Celebration, April 19th and 20th, 2015. This two day, three event program takes place in three different locations (Peoria Riverfront, GAR Hall, and Peoria Civic Center). Clean Water Celebration encourages us to learn to improve water quality, to think critically and creatively about adequate and safe water supplies, and to promote the wise use of natural resources.

The Clean Water Celebration is a conference for middle/high school students, general public and focuses on water. Keynote sessions are presented to large audiences or these students to create a base of knowledge that will help them be better waste stewards. Smaller breakout sessions focus on specific water quality issues that teachers can choose for their classes to study.

Clean Water Celebration Environmental Classroom will be held

- See more at: http://sunfoundation.org/wordpress/?page_id=371#sthash.EIJzc0yy.dpuf

Chiefs vs Wisconsin

April 20, 2015 - Game starts at 12:00 pm
Peoria Chiefs
730 SW Jefferson
Peoria, IL 61605
(309) 680-4000
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Business Special

Biggest Loser

April 21, 2015 - 12:00PM
309-282-1543
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The Peoria Park District’s RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center and OSF Wellness services are proud to sponsor the fifth Biggest Loser at the RiverPlex! Let us help you reclaim your health!
The program begins January 10, 2015 with an orientation and kick-off event where all participants’ starting weights will be recorded. Competition and training begins the week of January 19 and will end on May 2.
Participants will compete to lose weight and body fat. Each individual will be put on a team of six to eight people, and each team will have two personal trainers to train them twice a week for 14 weeks. Teams will participate in Nutrition Sessions with a licensed OSF Registered Dietitian, and participants will have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the competition.
What’s included:
• Group Personal Training sessions, twice a week for 14 weeks
• Nutrition Sessions with OSF Registered Dietitians, once a week for 10 weeks
• Five Wellness Coaching sessions
• Weekly weigh-ins
• Two Bod Pod tests to test body fat percentages
• Circumference measurements
• One T-Shirt for each participant
• Prize opportunities throughout the competition, including a One-Year RiverPlex Membership, gift cards to Running Central, OSF nutrition sessions, a massage from ReNew, and more!
This program is for adults age 18 and older who have a substantial amount of weight to lose (15 pounds or more).
Cost for RiverPlex members is $545 before December 22 and $645 after December 22. Cost for non-members is $595 before December 22 and $695 after December 22. Payment plans are available.
The RiverPlex will host three informational meetings to provide details and answer questions about the program on the following dates: Thursday, November 6 at 12 p.m.; Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m.
For details about the informational meetings or the Biggest Loser program, please contact Amber Parkinson at 309-282-1543 or aparkinson@peoriaparks.org

Swedish American Program

April 21, 2015 - Begins at 7 p.m. ends at 8 p.m.
Bishop Hill Arts Council
410 N. Erickson St.
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
309 927 3899
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Dr. Anne-Charlotte Harvey will perform a program about Swedish immigration to America, with accompanying music, on Tuesday April 21. Sponsored by the BHHA, this free public program will be held at the Dairy Building at 410 N. Erickson St. at 7 p.m. This will be an hour-long program with an intermission at the halfway point.

Through her work as a professor of theatre, translator/dramturge actor and singer, lecturer and scholar, Dr. Harvey has brought Swedish and Swedish-American culture to the attention of the Americans. Over the years, she has performed in more than one hundred concerts and cultural programs in the United States, Canada and Sweden, presenting Scandinavian folk songs, emigrant ballads, and dramatic material. Named Scandinavian-American of the Year in 2002, she is the immediate past Grand Cultural Director of the VASA Order of American and Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Swedish Council of America. For more information about this Swedish immigration program, contact the Bishop Hill Heritage Association by calling (309) 927 3899, emailing bhha@mymctc or visiting www.bishophillheritage.org.

 

ICC Music Program Presents: ICC Hard Bop Jazz Band

April 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Illinois Central College
1 College Drive
Lecture/Recital Hall 127F
East Peoria, Il 61635
309-694-5136
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Chiefs vs Quad Cities

April 21, 2015 - Game starts at 7:00 pm
Peoria Chiefs
730 SW Jefferson
Peoria, IL 61605
(309) 680-4000
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Taco Bell Tuesday

Show a Taco Bell receipt showing the purchase of a Doritos Locos Taco from within the last 7 days to receive a buy one get one free ticket on all 9 Tuesday home games.

Presented by: Taco Bell

Brown Bag-It

April 22, 2015 - Entertainers perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday
309.681.0696
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Holding true to a solid long-standing tradition of community entertainment for all ages, the 2015 Peoria Area Community Events Brown Bag-It Series presents another season of fine musical performances. Held during the lunch hours in the heart of downtown Peoria, Brown Bag-It continues to offer a taste of quality local musicians with diversified talents and style.

From jazz combos to banjos, youth municipal bands to swing bands, PACE provides delightful melodies FREE for all ages. The season kicks off in June and runs through August. Entertainers perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza.

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